Sorry for the late post folks! That damn cold got a hold of me. I’ve been living off Ener-G Tapioca Bread and chicken with wild rice. The good news? I finally feel like a human being again. Below is a Dharma update – enjoy! And I love wine as much as the next gal, so I know exactly what Dharma is talking about. Better choice? Vodka with club soda and lime. I still need to research the origins of Vodka – but it seems to do better on my tummy than wine…Heather

“Another great week being gluten and dairy free and low sugar! Well, I say low sugar but I had quite a bit of wine this weekend which I know did me in. The interesting part is that I felt extremely bloated on Sunday and Monday as a result of too much sugar (aka wine) on Saturday night. I went away for the weekend to stay with some friends (hence the drinking) and thought at first that would be an issue, but I just brought along my “stash” of gluten free bread and almond milk and tortilla chips (in place of their crackers) and it went smoothly!

I am still feeling super good as a result of the food choices I am making. But here is this week’s revelation…(Stop reading here if you do not want the gory details.)

So, the best way to say it is that my pipes are cleaner than they have ever been…ever! I can honestly say that I have never been so regular and with a history of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), this is a very welcomed change. I used to wonder why my stomach was always gurgling after eating and I thought it was just a natural part of the digestion process. But NOPE! The gurgling ceased this week. I think my intestines have it so easy now because they are not having to struggle with digesting such processed food stuff. I don’t know if this is a scientific fact. I am just telling you my take on what’s going on.

VERY COOL STUFF!

I KNOW I am losing inches as I feel it in my clothing.

Stay tuned…
–Dharma”

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How many “m’s” are truly appropriate for the “word” (I use that term lightly) “Mmm…”?
I’m sticking with 3 total – but if I’m wrong – someone please tell me.

In the meantime, for those of you on the go – check out this great soy smoothie recipe. It’s full of protein and is perfect after a hard workout. Like my new Billy Blanks dvd…

Mango & Strawberry Smoothie
1.5 c Silk Chocolate Light Soy Milk
1/2 c frozen mango/strawberry fruit blend (can find at any Fred Meyer store)
3 T soy protein powder (in bulk foods section at Winco, Fred Meyer, or most other large grocery stores)
1 t ground flaxseeds

Crush the frozen fruit in the blender on high for 1 minute. Then add soy milk, protein powder, and flaxseeds. Blend for 2 minutes. Enjoy!

–Heather

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Working from home is awesome. I adore it. My days feel like my days. My writing is simply part of it. But, working from home can get very, very quiet. I’m not one of those people that can have the TV on in the background (or I’ll end up watching Judge Joe Brown all day) or listen to Top 40 hits (who gave Paris Hilton a record deal?!).

I’ve since discovered – and by discovered I mean, my boyfriend sent me the link – to SomaFM’s Groove Salad. I’m new to the ambient music scene, but I LOVE it. The music is upbeat, mellow and there are no lyrics – so you don’t end up typing “hit me baby one more time” instead of your important copy or magazine article.

Check it out. You can write to an uber cool soundtrack.

–H

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It’s cold outside. I mean – really, really, brutally, so-not-like-Oregon cold out. My solution?

Turkey chili.

It’s healthy, tastes good and will warm you up in no time. Added benefit? It cooks in the CrockPot (best invention EVER) all day, so your home smells delicious and is a bit warmer.

Turkey Chili
1-16oz. can kidney beans
1-16oz. can pinto beans
1-16oz. can black beans
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 small yellow onion – chopped
1 small green pepper – chopped
1 14.5oz diced tomatoes
3 T tomato paste
4 T chili powder
1 T garlic salt
1 t salt & 1 t pepper

Put all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
Enjoy! -Heather

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Check out some of my favorite resources for writing blogs, articles, or grabbing inspiration:

Amazon.com
Perfect for finding books to reference in blogs or creating your book wish list.
FreelanceSuccess.com
Excellent resource for writers. The magazine database is helpful and the forums are incredible. Writers respond right away and are super helpful.
WomeninPublishing.com
Amazing networking resource, also post jobs, and members have online profiles.
Craigslist.org
Check out “writing/editing” to snag fun freelance gigs.
WritersWeekly.com
I’ve subscribed to this newsletter forever. It has good job leads, interview requests, and warnings on pubs that don’t pay. Plus, tips from other successful freelance writers.
HayHouseRadio.com
Feeling down? Uninspired? Filled with self-doubt? Then listen in – this station always makes me feel better. And not just because the call-in’s are sometimes so that pathetic it makes me feel better about my own life… 😉

Have some other fabulous resources? Leave a comment – I would love to check them out.

–H

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Skeptical about food intolerance induced weight gain? Not sure if cutting out wheat, dairy, and processed sugar is the right move for you?

Well, Dharma Jones (not her real name – she prefers to remain anonymous, as she’s a well-known professional in the area), 36, is going to put it to the test for you. A skeptic by nature, Dharma has 20 pounds that won’t seem to budge, and she isn’t a big fan of “traditional dieting”. I don’t blame her – diets don’t work! She doesn’t eat a whole lot of processed foods and she walks daily. But, for some reason, she cannot lose the weight.

When I told her about my experience, the blog, and the upcoming book – she wanted to learn more. And so, I created a meal plan and gave her the guidelines of the plan. She is following it for 4 weeks and I will document her progress via this blog.

She’ll be adding her comments every Monday to update us on her progress.

So far, it’s been 3 days (she began officially on Jan. 8th). She has already noticed an increase in energy levels and reports feeling “lighter”. I’ve had her weigh herself and take measurements. Dharma will weigh herself every week. I’m looking forward to seeing what Monday’s weigh-in brings. Stay tuned!

–Heather

www.HeatherStrang.com

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Sometimes writers get into ruts (not me, of course – just, you know, those OTHER writers). The perfect anecdote for becoming unstuck, is to pick up Julia Cameron’s book, The Artists Way. This workbook, inspires, encourages, and motivates.

Currently, I’m taking my time reading and working through The Vein of Gold, another Cameron gem. One of my favorite aspects of these books is that every page features a quote from another writer. It’s cathartic to know that other writers struggle with the written word.

Cameron, herself, has an incredible story – battling alcoholism, being married to Martin Scorsese, awesome success, and personal woes. I’m also reading (okay, you’re on to me, I have roughly 6 books going right now) Cameron’s biography, Floor Sample. It’s delicious – especially for writers – be sure to check it out.

This blog post became all things Julia Cameron. Not a bad way to go, really.
Enjoy the evening!

–H

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What is it about winter that makes me want to eat toast with jam? I’m not sure, but it hits me every morning. Eating both on a wheat-free, dairy-free, and low sugar diet might seem like a challenge. Fortunately, it’s not.

Try any of my favorite toast breads:
Kinnikinnick Italian Tapioca White Rice Bread- gluten free
Ener-g Tapioca Bread-gluten free
Ezekiel bread

Then make raspberry freezer jam:
4 c raspberries (since it’s winter, frozen will work – make it organic though)
1 package Ball Fruit Jell Freezer Jam Pectin – No Sugar Needed

Follow the instructions on the pectin package – use Splenda – 1 cup is plenty.
Freeze and enjoy! And get the cute little mason jars. You know you want too…

–Heather

www.HeatherStrang.com

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Well, I did it.
I submitted my revised book proposal. Wow.

A lot. Of. Work.
I’m not kidding here. 37 pages later and I’m exhausted (ok, I’m exaggerating a bit). But, more importantly, I’m pretty proud of myself.

Non-fiction book proposals are intense, but bring tremendous clarity. Many agents will even provide you with an outline or a sample.

Interested in connecting with agents or publishers? Check out Women in Portland Publishing – that’s how I met my agent. See, I told you networking works. 🙂

Trust me, people, the incredible book deal is next. Just wait and see. I’ll tell you all about it right here.

And with that, I’m going to take a nap.
–H

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Kinnikinnick Foods.

Over lunch last week, Kinnikinnick Foods came into my consciousness.
At a grocery jaunt over the weekend at New Seasons, I picked up their Italian Tapioca White Rice Bread. Yummilicious. Only 90 calories per slice, this bread melts in your mouth. It’s perfect for toast (topped with 1 T soy nut butter) or grilled sandwiches. Grilled turkey and cheese may be even better – I’ll let you know.

Their website showcases more of the same. Donuts! Bagels! Cinnamon Rolls! ALL Gluten-free. I am in heaven. Heavy on the carbs, but perfect for a treat or special occasion.

AND, get this – I can order and have it all delivered.

Kinnikinnick just made my month…

Happy wheat-free eating!
–Heather

www.HeatherStrang.com

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